Annie, the Classic Family Musical, at Kodak Theatre
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Richard Schenkman
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This was a fairly typical touring-company production of a show that is, admittedly, mediocre on its best day. This low-budget production had the benefit of being relatively fast-paced, although several attempts to update the book fell flat.
In many ways, "Annie" is a show that lives or dies on its Annie, and our Annie was noticeably weak (there are two actresses in rotation – and the playbill didn’t specify which actress was performing last night). She’s simply not very attractive, and was visibly disengaged from the other actors a good part of the time. She can hit the big notes, but with no subtlety or nuance. And she can’t really dance a lick.
Having said that, “Miss Hannigan” (Lynn Andrews) was wonderful. Very funny, an extremely strong singer, and a great hoofer, especially considering that she is not exactly a petite gal. And David Barton brought more emotion to “Oliver Warbucks” than one often sees in productions of this show. Jeffrey Duncan was so bad as “FDR” that my young daughter commented on it!
Still, “Sandy” hit all his cues, eliciting audible “oohs” and “aahs” from the audience each time (an easy-to-please bunch, apparently), and several of the orphans were so delightful that one wished there had been a last-minute replacement, giving one of them the title role.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Balon's endearing characterization is what the story demands, and what the audience gets. On Friday night, the audience showed its appreciation by giving her and the supremely talented cast a standing ovation." --Albuquerque Journal
Leapin' Lizards! Annie is back in its 30th anniversary tour, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's A Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "N.Y.C." and "Tomorrow."